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Dr. Bill McCarthy



Ph.D. (1990) Sociology, University of Toronto

Office Location

CLJ, 566

Office Hours

Mondays 1:00-2:00 PM or by appointment

Areas of Specialization

Race and Crime
Sex Work


Bill McCarthy joined Rutgers University-Newark in 2020. His early research focused on adolescent offending and relationships with parents, fictive family, peers, and romantic partners. In these studies, he and his co-authors developed ideas about criminal capital, co-offending, success, social bonds, and danger. Some of his more recent research examines overt discrimination and juvenile crime, while other projects use a labor perspective to examine sex work. His current work focuses on racial segregation, crime, policing, and criminal injustice in Chicago and is the subject of a 2022 book with John Hagan and Daniel Herda (details below). His research has involved the collection of original survey and interview data from homeless adolescents and adults working in the sex industry, as well as analyses of secondary survey data and official data. His awards include the 2020 American Society of Criminology Mentor Award and the 2020 University of California Davis Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award; the 2010 American Society of Criminology (ASC) Outstanding Paper Award (for McCarthy, B. & Casey, T. (2008). Love, sex and crime: Adolescent romantic relationships and offending. American Sociological Review, 73, 944-969); and the 1998 ASC American Michael J. Hindelang Outstanding Book on Crime and the 1997 Society for the Study of Social Problems. C. Wright Mills Outstanding Book on Social Problems Award (for Hagan, J. & McCarthy, B. (1997). Mean streets: Youth crime and homelessness. New York: Cambridge University Press).


Recent & Key Publications

McCarthy, B., & Hagan, J. (2024). Homelessness, offending, victimization, and criminal legal system contact. Annual Review of Criminology https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-criminol-022422-020934

Joseph, J., & McCarthy, B. (2023).California civil asset forfeiture and the policing of minority residents. Law & Social Inquiry  https://doi.org/10.1017/lsi.2022.84

McCarthy, B., Hagan, J., Herda, D., & Skogan, W. (2023). The past as prologue: Police stops and legacies of complaints about neighborhood police misconduct. Race & Justicehttps://doi.org/10.1177/21533687221140553

Herrera, J., & McCarthy, B. (2023). Street harassment interpretations: An exploration of the intersection of gender and race/ethnicity, and mediator variables. Violence Against Women, 29 (3-4): 453–474. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/10778012221094067

Hagan, J., McCarthy, B., & Herda, D. (2022). The President and the boss’s son: Prosecuting the crimes of America’s most powerful. Theoretical Criminology, 27(3). https://doi.org/10.1177/13624806221122610

Hagan, J., McCarthy, B., & Herda, D. (2022). Chicago’s reckoning: Racism, politics, and the deep history of policing in an American city. New York: Oxford University Press. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/chicagos-reckoning-9780197627860?cc=us&lang=en&